When UBC Okanagan opened its doors to students in 2005, one of their goals was to compete against the best in Canadian university sports.
Almost eight years later, UBC Okanagan has reached its goal.
The university was granted full membership status in Canada West athletics allowing them to compete in basketball, volleyball and now soccer in 2014.
UBC Okanagan Athletic Director Rob Johnson says the university can offer elite athletes more than just a strong learning experience.
"Now we can go to those student athletes and say, this is a realistic option for you in men's and women's soccer, volleyball and basketball. That is attractive to a lot of people".
Johnson says UBC Okanagan is also interested in competing in Canada West football down the road.